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Wood&Steel

Our in-house magazine brings you all the latest from Taylor

Volume 92 / Fall 2018

COVER STORY

The Builder’s Edition 614ce

The second release from our envelope-pushing Builder’s Edition collection draws inspiration from the electric guitar and violin worlds. The result: genre-bending expressive range.

FEATURES

V-Class: The 300 & 400 Series

Our vaunted V-Class bracing is now under the hood of every U.S.-made Grand Auditorium in our guitar line. Choose from four wood pairings across our 300 and 400 Series.

V-Class Studio Takes

Could our V-Class guitars change the future of recorded music? Nashville session ace Jerry McPherson and Philly producer Will Yip took them into the studio and shared their first impressions.

Anatomy of a Song

In the first of a multi-part series exploring the craft and business of music, veteran songwriters Josquin Des Pres and Michael Natter share tips for aspiring tunesmiths.

An Introduction to Slide Guitar

New to playing slide? Practice these basic techniques and you’ll be weaving soulful flavors into your repertoire in no time.

Profile: Marty Schwartz

The affable online guitar instructor shares how career adversity spurred him to become one of the most prolific guitar guides on YouTube.

COLUMNS

Kurt’s Corner

Taylor VP of Sales, Keith Brawley, sits in for Kurt and explains why we’ll never compromise our quality standards to meet customer demand.

BobSpeak

In Bob’s mind, the only thing as beautiful as a new guitar is the tooling we build to make that guitar.

The Craft

A knot in a piece of wood might seem like a flaw, but it’s also a reminder of growth.

DEPARTMENTS

Ask Bob

3D printing, fret installation, bracing evolution and koa supply.

Sustainability

Are Taylor guitars ethically made? Scott Paul explores this important question based on the different materials that go into a guitar.

Soundings

Jason Mraz, Iron & Wine, Kina Grannis, Juke Ross, Philadelphia Phillies pitchers Vince Velazquez and Jake Arrieta, Adrian Vandenberg, Byron Hill, and bee houses from Taylor scrap wood.

TaylorWare

Taylor apparel, plus guitar accessories and more.

What is Wood&Steel?

Wood&Steel began as a desire of Taylor co-founders Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug to create an informative communication channel between the company and the people who buy our guitars. Since its summer 1994 debut, our quarterly “owners newsletter” has evolved from its grassroots beginnings into a robust publication that covers all things Taylor, taking readers inside the Taylor factory for the inside scoop on our latest guitar developments and out into the world to connect with Taylor players, dealers and others who make up the vibrant, extended Taylor community. From stories about sourcing wood to guitar care tips to Q&A’s with Bob, we strive to share our passion for making and playing great guitars and to chronicle yours.

How to Get Wood&Steel

Wood&Steel is direct-mailed (free of charge) only to Taylor owners in the U.S. and Canada (if you are a Taylor owner in either country and are not receiving Wood&Steel, see our Owner Registration page). Free copies also are available at authorized Taylor dealers around the world, and each issue is viewable online. There is no paid subscription service.